How to block WordPress admin menu item

April 23rd, 2010

Remove Admin Menu Item

Remove Admin Menu Item

Suppose you don’t wish your blog registered users see some menu items in WordPress admin back-end and it is not the user role capabilities management subject. That is no such capability exists which you can use. For example, if you need to block just user profile editor and nothing more. It can be useful if you wish to allow for the group of volunteers to use the only user budget for all of them to make some task at your blog. In this case it is important that no one from that users group can edit user password and other user profile details. So you should to block WordPress admin menu items and URLs related to the user profile editor execution.
I will show you how to make it in this post. We just add a little piece of code to your theme functions.php file. Let’s go.

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User Role Editor translation update v.2.1.1

April 19th, 2010

User Role Editor update

User Role Editor update

User Role Editor WordPress plugin v. 2.1.1 is available. It is a mass update of translations files since last v.2.1 release. French, Japan, Spanish, Russian translations are updated. Belorussian translation is added. If one of those languages is your native language do not miss this update, as a special bonus you will have ability to see the capabilities names in your native language. Since version 2.1 it is a user choice to see standard WordPress capabilities name e.g. edit-themes or native language human readable capabilities names from available translations, e.g. Edit themes. Standard WordPress capabilities names are still available in that case as hints to capabilities checkbox labels.

User Role Editor v.2.0.3 Japanese translation

April 14th, 2010

Japanese translation update

Japanese translation update

User Role Editor WordPress plugin Japanese translation is added with v. 2.0.3 release at April 14th, 2010. Thanks to Technolog.jp for the help.
After 6 months of participation in WordPress plugins developement I still wonder how people from all over the World help each other in order to make their sweet blog platform better. Thanks to all current and future contributors!
One useful note: Please not be confused with usual WordPress language translation files naming scheme name-nn_NN.po, name-nn_NN.mo, where nn_NN – language code, e.g. it_It, es_Es, etc. Such scheme is valid not for all languages. For example for Japanese we must use just a ja as the language code.
So today, at April, 15, 2010 I had to rename ure-ja_JP.po and ure-ja_JP.mo files to ure-ja.po and ure-ja.mo. The source of information about WordPress specific language codes can be found here. I didn’t change plugin version and left it as 2.0.3 to not bother plugin users with plugin update requirement. If you downloaded URE 2.0.3 package yesterday, just rename Japanese language files according to the scheme above or download the latest installation package.
User Role Editor plugin description and download link are available at this page.

Silence is Golden Guard Plugin v. 1.3 is available

April 12th, 2010

Silence is golden guard plugin is updated

SIG GUARD Updated

Next update v.1.3 is available for Silence is Golden Guard WordPress plugin. It may now redirect every directory listing request to the site root, rebuild all SIG created dummy index.php file according to format selected (redirection to the root or just empty page), remove unused (garbage like) files from plugins folders, such as readme.txt, screenshot-*.gif, screenshot-*.png, screenshot-*.jpg. Those files are put into plugin setup package for wordpress.org to show information at the plugin page, and 1st – not used at your blog, 2nd – might expose plugin version to the potential attacker easy. He can see them in his browser. In case you use some plugin version with known vulnerability – it can be dangerous and it makes attackers life easier. We don’t want that, right?
If you have ideas to propose as addition to this plugin functionality, you are welcome! What staff from installed WordPress or its plugins is too promptness for the potential attackers? I will add an option to remove it to the next SIG Guard plugin version.

User Role Editor German translation update

April 10th, 2010

Translation Update

Translation Update

User Role Editor WordPress plugin German translation is updated with plugin v. 2.0.2 release at April 11th, 2010. Thanks to Peter for continued support.

To make new version of the plugin available to public faster I use on-line translators to update plugin language files. Of course, I understand, that easy accessible automated translation technologies (Google, Yahoo, other on-line services) are not good enough yet to replace a human in this field. So I include such on-line translated files into plugin’s package just as the starting point for some enthusiastic person to help me with real human translation. If you can help with my plugins translation to other languages, you are welcome! Left me your email via Contact form and I will send you my email address where you can send translation files.
I use Poedit software for work with translation files. If you have not experience in translation files creation/modification please read this article and related materials.

User Role Editor plugin is available for download here.

WordPress 3.0 Installation

April 5th, 2010

WordPress 3.0 Beta

WordPress 3.0 Beta

Good news from WordPress Development Blog: WordPress 3.0 Beta 1 is available for download and testing. The primary source of the information can be found here, at WordPress.org Blog. I’m curious about new features and functionality which were added to WordPress 3.0 version. Some of that are:
– The custom menus system (Appearance > Menus),
– WordPress and WordPress MU merge,
– various user interface changing,
– new default theme (Twenty Ten, including the custom background and header options),
– extended custom post type functionality,
– etc., etc…
I plan to investigate it and then tell you about WordPress 3.0 new staff here.
This time let’s check if something new was appeared in the famous WordPress 5 minute installation procedure. Does it still so much fast, simple and easy as it was many years before? Let’s start.

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Google XML Sitemaps v. 3.2.3 WordPress Plugin Review

April 3rd, 2010

Site Map

Site Map

This plugin generates XML file with special sitemap data. Such file helps to search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to index site content. Search crawlers using such sitemap data, much easier discover the whole site structure and retrieve its content more efficiently. “Google (XML) Sitemap Generator for WordPress” plugin supports all kinds of WordPress generated content. It also notifies major search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com) every time you update your blog content.
Author: Arne Brachhold
Plugin page at WordPress.org
Plugin Home Page

I use this plugin about a year and sure that it is very helpful. Recommend it to all WordPress blog owners.

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